High Notes, Vol 11 No 31, September 24 2010
From the Principal
GPS Athletics – historic results
Year 12 Farewell
The speeches focussed on the positives of the school, its staff and its students, and expressed appreciation for all people associated with it. I am gratified to experience the change in assembly culture. It was also a sensational effort by Year 12 boys to collect over $19,000 for OASIS – a youth accommodation program run by the Salvation Army - on their end of year celebration day.
End of Term 3
From the Two Libraries
From the Andrews Library
THANKS FOR YOUR THOUGHTFUL DONATION
PERSONAL HERALDS – GREAT FOR HSCs - INCREDIBLY CHEAP OFFER! – DELIVERED DAILY
NEW TO ANDREWS LIBRARY THIS WEEK
SENIOR AND JUNIOR NON FICTION – more from the Hakluyt Collection.
What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?
As we finish yet another school term and the school holidays entice us all with many fun and interesting things to do, the Senior library collection offers one excellent and enjoyable activity to occupy some of the spare time before us. Reading one or more of our excellent new books added to the collection is just such an activity to while away a relaxing hour or two. To tempt those who like to read or those who want to catch up on their wide reading and explore related material in their English studies, here are some recommendations: Short stories are great wide-reading material and some excellent ones are now available for loan from the McDonald Senior library.
David Malouf – The Complete Stories by David Malouf, one of Australia’s finest contemporary writers, is a compilation of his shorter works...and explores the desires, dreams and despair of young and “varied characters as they explore their place in the world and are always moving and universal.” (book blurb)
Best of the Best, Modern Australian Short Stories edited by Barry Oakley and containing 25 stories from many of our top writers such as Tim Winton, David Malouf, Thea Astley, Peter Carey, Peter Goldsworthy, Glenda Adams, Carmel Bird and many others. “These stories have been chosen as they explore the full range of experience...from innocence to awareness, passion to peace [and] desperation to determination...and [for] “their power to replace our world with theirs.” (book blurb)
The Penguin Best Australian Short Stories edited by Mary Lord – these stories are set in both cities and outback, the country and suburbia and explore the human condition from both sadness and loss to humorous aspects of existence and the “changing views of Australian writers [and writing].” ”
For those in Year 11 about to enter Year 12 you might like to read novels which explore Dystopias such as:
Vulture’s Gate by Kirsty Murray – set in a world of the future where girls are almost extinct and chaos rules. An enjoyable, action-packed adventure thriller “with a chilling social twist”!
And finally a story of one of the horrors of our world, Warchild: a boy soldier’s
story by Emmanuel Jal - “[the] extraordinary and inspirational story of a boy
soldier in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.” (blurb) Remember that those who read
do better at school and people who read can also write better. So, what easier way is there to
improve your results and at the same time enjoy the pleasures of literature and books of all
kinds? Don’t forget to visit us and pick up one of our fantastic brand new titles!
From the Office
Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave
If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Barris, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.
The Principal must approve all leave applications.
School Student Transport Scheme - SSTS
School Student Code of Conduct –
Students travelling on buses must:-
Students are reminded to:-
During 2010, authorised officers will be deployed to inspect Code of Conduct compliance on school bus services in the Eastern Region. Students who are found to have breached their obligations may lose their travel entitlement and possibly incur an infringement.
Parents, we have a large amount of school clothing and non school items in the Lost Property which is located in the McDonald Wing Office these include the following;
Trousers, jumpers, shirts, caps, PE clothing and shoes, sports gear, pencil cases.
Note: Has your son purchased an Item of school clothing and not brought it home? We have an item here in Lost Property that still has the price tag on it, if you think it might be your son’s please make your inquiries to the school office.
All of the school clothing that isn’t collected by the end of each term is donated to the
school High Store. Non- school items are sent off to charity.
Sydney High School Rowing Committee
INFORMATION and ORIENTATION for all ROWING PARENTS
Saturday 25th September 2010 at High Rowing Sheds, Abbotsford
All parents … if there is one morning you should attend it is this one. Come along and get informed!
High Rowing is not only about boys on the water, it relies on parents being involved.
Feeding our boys as they come off the water on Saturdays and providing nutritious meals and care when they are in camp at the sheds are responsibilities that rowing parents need to share.
PROGRAM for PARENTS
9.00am - Junior rowing parents orientation and tour of the sheds
MORNING TEA PROVIDED
SEE YOU THERE!
GPS Athletics Finals
On the cold, bright morning of September 18th, Sydney High contested the 115th AAGPS Athletics Championships at Homebush. The early arrival of the athletes and the crowd set the stage for an enormous day. Even before the events commenced, the atmosphere dictated that Sydney High had come to play and were fierce competitors this year. The energy and vibrance of the athletes was paid back immediately by Jeremy Rajendram (2nd in opens long jump, 6.12m) and Chris Morrow (3rd in 17s long jump, 6.40m). This continued with the performances in the 800m races – I did not see a single boy run below his potential on the day, although William did get over-excited in the 13s and go out slightly too hard. I would like to mention all of the performances, but I have to pick the very pinnacle because there were so many brilliant finishes. Eugene Lee came 2nd in 14s division 800m (2:09) and Anton Brokman (2:03.7) won the championship race – this has NEVER happened in my time here. We have never received so many points in a championship/division split event, let alone in the 800m! Thanks must go to the runners of the senior 800m races – they came in underdone and surprised to run, but gave their all.
Harry Heo snatched 1st place in the 16s high jump in 1.78m, jumping up an age group, and Max Kite came 2nd in the opens shotput by a mere 15cm, throwing 14.09m. The hurdlers were brilliant - Leonard Mah was 4th in the 13s (15.17); his brother Dominic finishing 3rd in the 14s (13.52). Ivor Metcalf won the 15s 100m hurdles (13.75) and Kumudika Gunaratne ran a sizzling personal best of 14.67 to come 3rd in championship. Ben Li (16.50) missed out by 0.03 seconds on 2nd place in the 17s division, coming 4th. Chris Morrow’s loping gait blitzed the field for 3rd (15.55) in the 17s championship. Ivor then backed up to jump up two age groups in the 17s high jump to finish 3rd in a gigantic leap of 1.90m. Chris Morrow’s hard work was rewarded with our first medal for years in the opens high jump in 1.95m. The newly instated ‘burger promise’ provided ample reward for Anthony Chen (4th in 13s, 25.79), Terence Pham (3rd in 14s, 24.86) and Edward Zhang (3rd in 15s, 24.15). Scott Renzenbrink ran up an age group to the 17s where he finished 2nd in a smoking school record of 22.60. Tian Ling surprised us all with 3rd in the 16s long jump (5.88m). Lloyd once again proved formidable in the 1500m, finishing 2nd in 4:28.
The 3000m race was led for most of the way by our own Frank Torok, competing bravely with injury, ending with 2nd place (8:54) to the Shore competitor. Adam Booth ran a personal best time of 9:34 to finish 2nd in the division 3000m race. The burger promise spurred Anthony (4th in 12.64), Terence (5th in 12.22) and Edward (3rd in 11.63 - behind two record-breakers) to new heights. Scott’s win in the 16s (11.28) was almost a record breaker, as I made a comeback from injury to finish a surprising 2nd in the opens 100m championship in 11.36. The 4x400m relays saw an incredible run from Gareth Deacon (crossing the line in 51 seconds), although we didn’t perform as well as we would have liked. Anton Brokman completed a huge day for himself by winning the 14s 400m in a time of 54.12 as Lahiru Katupitiya came from nowhere to finish 3rd in the 15s 400m (54.70). Frank returned for 3rd in the opens 1500m in 4:17. The juniors finished 7th overall, a mere 1.5 points behind Sydney Grammar, whilst the seniors recorded their best result since 1976, coming 5th, only 13 points behind Shore. I would really like to congratulate all the competitors on the day – there was a sense of victory in everyone’s efforts. We all felt as if we had accomplished something truly amazing. We demanded respect. The crowd was the best I’ve seen in my time at Sydney High, cheering on each and every athlete, overflowing into other schools seating, and belting the school song out at the top of our lungs after the awards had been given out.
The atmosphere of the day was mind blowing, and there was a true feeling that this effort was not
a one-off. These results can be emulated next year and probably even surpassed. Each and every
boy who had trained before and during the season should be ecstatic with themselves, because I
feel exceptionally proud to have captained a squad of people who have developed and matured as
individuals. I would also like to thank the prefect helpers on the day, as well as the parents
and adults who assisted - Mr Creer, Ms Moss, Mr Fong, Mr Garayalde, Ms Ovadia. Your efforts
ensured that the day was successful and ran smoothly. Thank you all for what has been a fantastic
season to cap off a brilliant seven years.
CHS Athletics Report
On the 9th, 10th and 11th of September, several boys headed down to Homebush to compete in the
CHS Athletics Championships. All boys performed admirably, giving it their all at a very
competitive and tough carnival. Special congratulations must go to Ivor Metcalf (Year 9) who won
Gold in the 100m Hurdles and High Hump and Silver in the 200m Hurdles, Christopher Morrow (Year
11), who won bronze in both the Opens 110m Hurdles and the High Jump, Anton Brokman (Year 10),
who won Silver in both the 400m and 800m and Max Kite, who took out a Silver in the Opens Shot
Put. These impressive results are a testament to the depth in our athletics program –
despite several injury setbacks we have still had a successful season.
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